New Delhi, Dec 26: The Patiala House Court on Monday rejected Dr Subramanian Swamy’s petition seeking some documents from the Congress party in the famous National Herald case. This has brought a huge relief to the beleaguered Congress President Sonia and her son Rahul Gandhi who is also the Vice –President of the party.
The Patiala House Court refused to entertain the petition filed by senior BJP leader Dr Swamy, through which the firebrand leader had asked to make public accounts and balance sheets related to the Associated Journal Limited (AJL) the company that published the National Herald newspaper.
The National Herald newspaper was launched by the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1938 but was closed in 2008.
Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen rejected Swamy’s application while giving him the last opportunity to submit the list of complainant witnesses in the case in which he has accused the Gandhi and others of conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by paying just Rs 50 lakh through which Young Indian Pvt Ltd (YI) obtained the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore which the AJL owed to the Congress.
Dr Swamy, however, reacted sharply saying “It is a perverse Order and I shall appeal”.
Besides Gandhi, other accused in the case are senior Congress leaders Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, journalist Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda. They have denied the allegations levelled against them. The matter will be next heard on February 10.
The Delhi High Court on July 12 had quashed an order of a trial court summoning the same documents besides others relating to the Herald House from the Finance, Urban Development and Corporate Affairs ministries, Delhi Development Authority and the Registrar of Companies.